WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme on Monday ruled 5-4 in favor of a Hobby Lobby lawsuit challenging an Obamacare mandate requiring companies pay for contraception and abortion coverage.
The Court ruled that closely held corporations such as Hobby Lobby are exempt from the Obamacare mandates they believe violate their religious freedoms. The ruling is widely viewed as a victory for pro-life and religious freedom activists.
“This is a huge win for people of conscious and a stern rebuke for Obama and his HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, who have repeatedly overstepped their authority and attempted to strip Americans of their precious freedoms,” Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said in a statement. “We have opposed Obamacare from the beginning because of its funding of abortion and life-ending drugs, and we are thankful that Obama’s tyrannical mandate, which ran rough-shod over our religious freedoms, has been struck down. I was personally ready to suffer jail rather than to allow the government to force me to violate by deeply held religious beliefs.”